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Taleb El-Sana

Taleb El-Sana

Sector : Public Figures, Public Figures

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  • Country of residence: Panama
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1960
  • Age: 56
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Taleb Al-Sana (25 December 1960), is a Palestinian Bedouin politician and lawyer, and was the longest serving Arab Member of the Knesset until he was lost his seat in 2013.

Born in Tel Arad in the Negev. el-Sana studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a lawyer by profession. He is also active in many charitable organizations in the Negev.

El-Sana was first elected to the 13th Knesset in 1992 on behalf of the Arab Democratic Party. Prior to the 1996 elections the party ran on a joint list with the United Arab List, with El-Sana retaining his seat. The ADP was merged into the United Arab List soon after. In the 15th Knesset, he served as chair of the Committee on Drug Abuse, and remains a member.

After the 2003 elections he became head of the United Arab List's parliamentary faction. When the party ran for the 2006 elections in a joint list with Ahmad Tibi's Ta'al, el-Sana remained head of the overall party. He retained his seat again in the 2009 elections.

Shortly before the 2013 elections, el-Sana left the United Arab List faction in the Knesset to re-establish the Arab Democratic Party. However, he ultimately ran with the United Arab List in the elections, placed fifth on its list. However, the party won only four seats, resulting in el-Sana leaving the Knesset.

El-Sana is known for his outspoken criticism of the Israeli government, prompting one Jerusalem Post commentator to suggest recently that el-Sana be deported to Palestinian Authority controlled territory.

He is married and the father of five children and currently lives in the Bedouin town of Lakiya in the Negev.

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